Picture yourself out for a celebration dinner at an upscale seafood restaurant. So many choices on the menu: Orange Roughy, Chilean Seabass, fresh lobster – Asian Carp? Hang on, wait just a second, the last item must be a mistake! Who would put a “trash fish” like the Asian Carp on the menu? Joseph Classen, that’s who.
Classen’s new book, “Eat the Enemy!” explains why the invasive Asian carp should be on every menu and family dining table around the country. The outdoorsman, author and photographer is working to spread the word about a clean, healthy, undervalued and an entirely wasted resource that also happens to be environmentally devastating our rivers.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will host the St. Louis area celebration of the Great Missouri Birding Trail Thursday, May 18. This virtual birding path is driven by a website that includes an interactive map of the best birding sites around the Show-Me State.
Celebrate the completion of the Great Missouri Birding Trail at Powder Valley Nature Center on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The nature center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44. The free event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation.
The events will include a brief opening ceremony with Birding Trail signage unveiled followed by short birding walks on Powder Valley trails. The first 25 people at each event will receive a Great Missouri Birding Trail tote bag or water bottle. Attendees will also get Trail bumper stickers and lens cloths for cameras and binoculars.
Missouri has close to 1.5 million birders, age 16 and older, according to Mike Doyen, president of the Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation.
“Birding is the fastest growing activity in Missouri, the nation, and around the world,” he said. “Our estimated economic impact in Missouri is close to $1 billion annually.”
Read more about the new birding trail from the continued MDC release below.
GROW, the newest exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center. The exhibit opened June 18, 2016. Photos by Holly Shanks.
Here is a look at the sights you’ll find at GROW, the newest exhibit at theSaint Louis Science Center. The exhibit opened June 18, 2016.
Check back soon for Environmental Echo’s latest article that will have insights about the exhibit, what it took to bring the exhibit to life, and the collaboration between scientist and local farmers that brought accuracy and truth to the story of local agriculture.
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It’s Missouri Statewide Severe Weather Week 2016!
Picture courtesy National Weather Service.
Pictured: Jim Kramper, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis.
Jim Kramper, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, talks with Don Corrigan about what a day in the life of a weather warning coordinator is like, weather safety, weather pattern myths, and what can be learned from Missouri’s past severe weather events.
To hear this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” click on the link below.
Graphic: “Show Me . . . Natural Wonders: A Guide To Scenic Treasures In The Missouri Region” by Don Corrigan and Illustrated by E. J. Thias
By Holly Shanks
Lover’s Leap folklore is associated with several of Missouri’s beautiful bluffs and cliffs. Some people find the tales romantic and others may find the tales of leaping lovers simply a senseless gesture. Here we take a look at some of the different Lover’s Leap legends in Missouri.